Neil Marshall To Direct An Episode Of HBO's <i>Game Of Thrones</i>

Dog Soldiers director Neil Marshall will make his television debut helming an episode of HBO's Game of Thrones.

"That sound you hear is a high-pitched squeal of delight," author and executive producer George R.R. Martin wrote on his blog. "I love Marshall's work, in case you couldn't tell. And what makes this especially exciting is that the episode he'll be directing is ... mine. Yes. He's going to directing episode nine, 'Blackwater.' The Battle of the Blackwater."

Featured in the second novel of Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Clash of Kings, the Battle of the Blackwater is a sprawling, multi-chapter sea and land conflict that takes place toward the end of an even larger war.

"I still don't how the hell we can possibly afford to do half of what I put into that script," Martin continued, "but if anyone can pull off my budget-busting battle, it's Marshall."

Indeed, Marshall has made a career of delivering large-scale thrills with small budgets in films like The Descent, Doomsday, Centurion and the aforementioned Dog Soldiers.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marshall joins a solid lineup of directors for the second season that includes David Petrarca (True Blood, Boardwalk Empire), Thrones cinematographer Alik Sakharov (Rome, Rubicon), David Nutter (The Pacific) and the returning Alan Taylor (Palookaville).

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